Primary care services at Clarence Park and Graham Road practices in Weston-super-Mare will be delivered by local GPs via Pier Health Group Limited from 17 June 2019, NHS commissioners have confirmed.
The agreement secures the future of GP services for patients at the two practices following a decision by the current provider, Locality Health Centre (LHC) CIC, to hand its contracts back to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The new provider, Pier Health Group Limited, formed of Weston-super-Mare GPs, has stepped in at the last minute to take over primary care services for patients of the two practices from Monday 17 June.
Dr Jonathan Hayes, GP and Chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, said: “Our top priority is to ensure continued care for patients registered at the practices and we have moved quickly to identify and appoint a new provider.
“We are delighted that during this time, local GPs have come together as a group to take over the practice lists and continue providing primary care services for patients of these two practices.
“We have been working very closely with Clarence Park and Graham Road practices and have done everything we can to ensure patients of the two practices continue to receive primary care services.”
As part of the changes the current landlord of the Clarence Park premises has indicated that it will be withdrawing the lease for Clarence Park in the near future. As a result of this it is expected that patients at Clarence Park practice will be offered the opportunity to transfer to Graham Road practice at a future date. Patients at the practice will be kept informed of developments.
Dr Nick Cooper, Senior GP at Clarence Park and Graham Road practices, said: “Patients should be reassured they will continue to receive a safe and high quality primary care service, and we are working hard to ensure that all services will be provided by the same clinical team.”
To support the transition for patients from Clarence Park to Graham Road, Pier Health Group Limited will increase off-site consultations including an out-reach service to local care homes and online consultations using the askmyGP service, which has been successfully introduced at other practices in Weston-super-Mare.
Patients and staff will be contacted to confirm the new arrangements. The CCG is working with Pier Health Group Limited to ensure frontline staff at both practices will be transferred to the new provider from 17 June and the outgoing CIC management team will cooperate fully in the handover process at this difficult time for patients and staff.
Patients who have any questions can speak to practice staff at both surgeries. Answers to frequently-asked questions will also be published on the practice websites.